If you feel isolated because you are not able to get out much, or need assistance with chores like shopping or help getting to appointments, these volunteer-provided social services can be your lifeline not only to greater independence but to people who care.
Here are some organizations that provide one or more of these services.
Visiting Neighbors serves seniors living in lower Manhattan south of 30th Street from river to river and the Forest Hills/Rego Park communities of Queens. Call 212-260-6200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DOROT offers friendly visiting, shopping and escort service for seniors living between E. 14th and E. 96th streets and between W.59th and W.125th streets in Manhattan. Call 212-769-2850 between 9:30-12:30 daily. Visit a directory of additional New York City friendly visiting/telephone reassurance programs maintained by DOROT.
The Senior Companions Program offers friendly visiting, shopping assistance, escort and companionship in all boroughs. Volunteers are older persons themselves. Call 212-406-5044.
Encore Community Services provides friendly visiting, shopping and escort services to the midtown and Times Square/Clinton communities of Manhattan. Call 212-581-2910 ext. 124.
JASA Friendly Visiting serves Manhattan, with limited service in other boroughs. Call 212-273-5228.
SAGE Friendly Visiting Program serves LGBT seniors throughout New York City.
Friendly Visiting Program of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island serves communities in Brooklyn and Queens with friendly visiting, shopping assistance, escort and telephone reassurance. Call 718-449-5000 ext. 2212.
Platinum Pals enlists high school students to send one thoughtful email a week to an interested senior “pen pal.” Enroll on-line or send an email to email@example.com.